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Islamic Research Center: Salem Abdel Jalil’s statements are not fatwas but incitement to corruption

Thursday 11-05-2017 - 06:53 PM
Dr.  Abdalla El Naggar
Dr. Abdalla El Naggar
Cairo - Dr.  Abdalla El Naggar, member of the Islamic Research Center, commented on the 'fatwa' (religious ruling) statements of Salem Abdel Jalil, the former Secretary of the Ministry of Endowments, who insulted Christianity during a live televised show aired on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. El Naggar said, "This is not a fatwa, this is frowned upon by religion."
During a telephone conversation with the satellite channel DMC on Thursday, El Naggar said that religion aims to unite people and it is not permissible for anyone to invalidate the faith of another because, in the end, God is the only Judge of all of us.  He added, ‘We are not gods.  Whoever discredits or mocks the religion of another puts himself in the place of God Almighty which is a terrible mistake that shows extreme ignorance.  They think they are interpreting the teachings of our religion, when in fact, they are so far removed from its essence." He continued, "God has not delegated anyone to judge people’s faith and fidelity.  Our role as Islamic scholars is to teach the ethics and principles of our religion. We are not permitted to mock another religion or give ourselves the right to usurp the rights and resources of those who do not follow our faith," assuring that this would be the essence of radical thinking.  
He added, ‘I consider this to be an incitement to corruption and chaos.  Islam teaches us to not to judge others who do not follow our faith, even if they are Satanists.  We are forbidden from judging anyone or calling them atheists.’  
The former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Endowments, Sheikh Salem Abdel Galil had previously sparked a wave of controversy following the last episode of his TV show, Muslims are Asking, where he deprecated the Christian faith with words that many saw, comes in the context of contempt for religions.

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